Gelvandale CPF concerned by surge in crimes against women and children in area

The Gelvandale community policng forum's Wayne Jaggers said that such crimes were becoming too common.

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CAPE TOWN - The Gelvandale community policing forum said that an apparent upsurge in crimes against women and children in the area was distressing.

The forum said that it was dealing with a number of serious crimes.

One case on the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court roll on Monday involves three suspects appearing for the gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

Eight suspects so far have been charged for the crime.

The teenager is believed to have been gang-raped and then murdered.

Her body was found just over a week ago and she was laid to rest on Saturday.

The Gelvandale community policing forum's Wayne Jaggers said that such crimes were becoming too common.

"It's not the first person to be found, it's becoming quite a regular thing. There's a situation where a 14-year-old girl was gang-raped in almost the middle of the community."

A week ago, five suspects appeared in the dock for the rape and killing.

Today, three more men are facing the magistrate.

"This is a serious case. You cannot have women being treated like sex objects just for the fun of it."

More arrests are imminent.

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